"From all the college coaches I hear this is the most important year for a basketball player," Tabb said. "I'm trying to get stronger physically and mentally and try and prepare myself for the next level. I'm trying to work on my perimeter game in case I have to step out on the next level."
The 6-foot-8 Raleigh (N.C.) Enloe prospect, a Scout.com Top 75 prospect in 2010, won't be short of offers. He's already collected overtures from Clemson, Baylor and East Carolina. Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State are looking. The Deacons have been active in trying to get him to campus.
Regardless, the importance of having a big junior season and winning is not lost on Tabb. "Most universities that come at me say that if I keep playing hard good things will come. Hopefully I can live up to that on the court, in the classroom and with the books."
Enloe High has seen its share of players roll through the door so the tradition is a proud one. Chris Wilcox (Maryland) played for coach Tommy Moore. So did P.J. Tucker (Texas). Now Tabb is hoping to deliver on something they didn't do: win a state title.
After bowing out early last season, Tabb's vision of success this year is simple.
"It'd be a state championship. A state championship! That's my ultimate goal. I see what it takes to be state champions."
The collegiate decision will take care of itself. The next few months will determine who comes at him the hardest. The refreshing aspect of Tabb's story is that he knows his play controls his destiny and he's working to improve.
"I just hope I can get into a situation that is the best fit for me. I don't want to sit the bench my freshman and sophomore year. I'd like to be in the 6-7 man rotation early in my career."